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Food Critics: Restaurant Reviews, Best Meals of 2009

Walt Bodine's Food Critics return to share their favorite restaurants and meals of 2009.


The Food Critics are:
Charles Ferruzza, The Pitch
Chris Becicka, Ingram's Magazine
Mary Bloch, The Independent


The Food Critic's Recent Reviews

The Farm House
300 Delaware St
Kansas City, MO

now serving dinner, wine list, excellent service, always have vegetarians dishes

Niece's Restaurant
6441 Troost
Kansas City, MO

good, old fashioned soul food. serving breakfast, lunch and dinner

Jack Gage American Tavern
51st and Main
Kansas City, MO

Completely remodeled. Great manager and chef.
Fried Chicken with pecan bourban sauce, also waffles. Crab mac-n-cheese. Grits and shrimp. Food is great and inexpensive.

17 Mass
17th and Massachusetts
Lawrence, KS

fun, trendy, casual italian, wood fired pizza

7th and Massachusetts
Lawrence, KS

contemporary italian. pizza is excellent (can get dough to take home)

Swager Bar and Grill
84th and Wornall
Kansas City, MO

renovated inside. great burgers. (also have a deep fried burger with wasabi fries) service was really good. also has beer pairings. extensive menu.

Oak 63 Bistro
63rd and Oak
Kansas City, MO

salmon BLT was good and cobbler was excellent.

1924 Main
(same as above)
Kansas City, MO

remarkably affordable, service was good and food excellent.

51 East 14th Street
Kansas City, MO

great biscuits and clam chowder. Wild New Zealand salmon was best ever experienced.

Caller Questions:

Q: Where's the best BBQ place near the Plaza?

Oklahoma Joe's
3002 W. 47th Ave
Kansas City, MO

Arthur Bryant's
1727 Brooklyn Avenue
Kansas City
, MO

Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ
4747 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO

Rosedale BBQ
600 Southwest Blvd
Kansas City, KS

BB's Lawnside
1205 E 85th
Kansas City, MO

open for lunch and dinner
blues music starts at 7 pm


New Year's Eve
Restaurants mentioned on today's show:

The American Restaurant


Blue Stem

Gaslight Grill

Michael Smith


T-Rex at Legends


McCormick and Schmick's

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

Cafe Europa


Cafe Trio

Julian in Brookside

1924 Main

JP Wine Bar


Ruth's Chris Steak House





Best Meals of 2009

Listener Recommendations

Cafe Europa
323 East 55th Street
Kansas City, MO

pan roasted salmon with crispy leeks and ginger

The Bristol
51 East 14th Street
Kansas City, MO

charred ahi tuna

Room 39
1719 W. 39 St.
Kansas City, MO

the quiche is beautiful. oven eggs in brioche with salami and cheese. expresso and fresh squeezed oj.

Cafe des' ami
112 1/2 Main St
Parkville, MO

signature house salad, duck confit was outstanding

Hereford House
5001 Town Center Drive
Leawood, KS

Double rib pork chop with chutney was perfect.

Agave Mexican Grill
6325 Lewis St
(Parkville Crossings Shopping Center)
Parkville, MO


Extra Virgin
1900 Main Street
Kansas City, MO

Osso Bucco was incredible (hint of anise)

Woodyard BBQ
3001 Merriam Lane
Kansas City, KS

chili with burnt ends (you don't have to die to go to heaven)

Westside Local
16th and Summit
Kansas City, MO

great ambiance, lighting, unique comfort foods

Em Chamas
NW 63rd Terrace
Kansas City, MO

be treated like royalty

Grinder's Cafe
18th and McGee
Kansas City, MO

philly beef

Culinary Center of Kansas City
7920 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS

Beef Bourguignon

251 e 55th St.
Kansas City, MO

liver and onions

Blanc Burgers
419 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO

Pig-n-bull with egg on top

Bonefish Grill
5021 W 135th St
Leawood, KS

stuffed tilapia with crab and shrimp


Charles Ferruzza's Favorite Restaurants of 2009

The Farmhouse

Cafe Trio

Extra Virgin

Cafe Europa

Dempsey's in Lawrence, KS


Mary Bloch's Favorite Meal of 2009

8th and New Hampshire
Lawrence, KS

Peach, watermelon and burrata salad.


Chris Becicka's Favorite Restaurants of 2009

Justice Drug Store
106 W Main St
Smithville, MO

Krause Dining
917 Delaware
Lawrence, KS

Webster House
1644 Wyandotte Street
Kansas City, MO

Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO


Walt's Favorite is still.....

Dixon's Chili Parlor
9105 U.S. 40
Independence, MO



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